Posted by Paul Ryan on 01-November-2011, 05:10 PM
Co founder of Wizard Home Loans in 1996 and in 2007 launched new non bank lending business Opportune Home Loans. Having 20 years experience in home loan lending there are two key components to ensure all consumers receive a better home loans experience, a healthy mortgage market and greater education for consumers to understand more about their mortgage and financial stability.
Even if you didn’t back Dunaden in the Melbourne Cup, the Reserve Bank’s decision to reduce official interest rates by 0.25% means most mortgage holders had a long awaited win!
This is the first cut to interest rates in twelve months and thankfully all the major banks appear willing to pass on the full reduction to consumers.
So in cold hard cash what does this interest rate cut really mean to the average consumer?
I estimate that on an average mortgage of $300,000 paid over 30 years, the 0.25% cut will save you about $51 per month. Not quite enough to fill your car up with petrol but 51 times better than nothing.
This of course is being hailed as great news for retailers leading up to the Christmas rush, however I’d really encourage all my clients to try to remain thrifty.
Put it this way: if you choose to keep your mortgage repayments the same, that extra $51 per month could reduce the term of your loan by 3.5 years! In other words, that saving of $51 per month will go towards paying off the principal sum of the loan and in the long run make a huge saving on the interest paid and the life of the loan.
Better still, if you have a redraw facility on your mortgage, those extra repayments will accumulate so that you can access them if ever you really need them. It’s a really effective way of saving some money whilst offsetting the interest owing on your loan.
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